The mild spell is over and we are now well into the grips of winter. A PSA from Muddymole Elliot let us know that one of the MTB retailers were selling off last years Specialized Defrosters off at a great price. My current Defrosters have seen 5 winters and it’s beginning to show.
Time for some new boots!
Looking at the 2016 Defrosters, plenty has changed in the five years since my last set of Defrosters were Specialized’s finest. Principally the main issue with the old Defrosters has been addressed, the poor closure system at the top of the boot letting in water. The laces are now boa’s which is a reasonable system and the flap wraps over the whole front of the foot. Next there is a big wrap that closes the top of the boot (it comes half way up the shin).
Side by side with the old Defrosters they look massive! Plus, although it wont last long, they are bright orange.
I’m thinking of suggesting that D’Andy gets a pair, so that after his frequent “excursions from the trail” I’ll be able to spot him in the undergrowth better, with the orange soles in the air, so I can help him back to his bike.
The old boots have held up well. They are still proof from water coming in from the bottom, but the neoprene at the top is beginning to come apart. Shoe fit is somewhat down to individual preference but both the old Defrosters, which are still extremely comfortable and the new ones fit me “like a glove”. Excellent.
With the mud and gloop set in for the rest of the winter, a pair of these boots combined with a pair of waterproof trousers (the pro-trouser movement in the moles is gaining momentum) it should be possible to have dry feet all winter.
The first outing with the new Defrosters was last weekend. A commendably mud free route from Karl meant that I didn’t test out their mud shedding or waterproofing very well. However it was well below freezing for the whole of the ride and my feet were nice and warm all ride. It bodes well for the rest of the winter. Hopefully these new boots should give as many years of service as the old boots.
Finally a big thumbs up to Freeborn cycles in Horley. I ordered the boots from them but got a call to say that they were out of the 2015 boots but gave me a similarly great deal on the bright new 2016 version. Thanks!